Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Connectivism is the process of creating connections and increasing your network involvedness. Networks are creating new ways in which people are learning through social and cultural frameworks. People have the capability of using multiple networks at any time and the opportunity to choose whether or not to use them, engage them or disengage them because not all networks are created with equal strength. According to Orey (2001), he concludes that Siemens says “connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations. New information is continually being acquired and the ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital. Also critical is the ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday”
Technology in the 21st century has drastically changed the way in which we live our lives, communicate with others and learn. It has changed mine by allowing me to utilize my time more effectively and efficiently. I am able to take learning on the road (so to speak) by connecting to the internet or any other resources I need. I am also able to learn new information through the use of many networks. Through social media, I can connect and reconnect with many people and stay abreast of current events. I can plan lessons, report on IEP’s and complete progress reports through the convenience of a tablet. I can find solutions to problems and answers to questions by navigating the web.
Digital tools that make my life easier in my interpersonal communications are wikis, blogs, email and skyping. For my social pleasures, I turn to Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest. In my working environment we use whiteboard, Tap-it and many augmentative devices for the students. I enjoy television, music and internet, which are all accessible via internet. Online learning has given me the opportunity to pursue my education at my own pace. The digital era of the 21st century has come alive and has opened the door to many life opportunities.
Orey, M.(Ed.). (2001). Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved <insert date>, from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Reflection on Rheingold’s video
In Rheingold’s (2008) dialog, he claims that humans do have a basic instinct to work with others. Evolution is the key to interaction as a group. Back in the days, it was “the survival of the fittest”, but as the world matured and language/socialization started to emerge, it became the main frame and people began to realize that in order for some things to get accomplished, teamwork was the answer. He discusses the importance of Wikipedia as a collective developed encyclopedia which contains a summary of human knowledge. Rheingold (2008) states that the alphabet was the changing factor and a very powerful tool declaring “new forms of wealth emerged” and still going strong today. In my opinion, it is a matter of do you want to work with others or work individually? I like to do both. Sometimes too many chiefs is not beneficial, but on the flip side, when one chief drops the ball (so to speak), the other one is there to pick up the pieces. We all learn from each other’s teaching methods and gain knowledge. I think it really depends on the task at hand if collaboration is a key tool or not.
Technology can play a part in facilitating collaboration through the use of blogs, office, podcasts, docs, wikis, discussion boards, and other technologies. Discovery learning is the primary thought process where learners develop their own knowledge through analysis of their own familiarities. Discovery learning does not mean that it is unguided, it means that learners will be provided with the tools, resources, and necessary support to guide them through their own learning manner.
Collaboration is defined as “a recursive process where two or more people...work together toward an intersection of common goals...by sharing knowledge, learning, and building consensus” (Lomas, Burke & Page. 2008). Constructivism offers multiple ways of learning which allows for greater success.
“The Internet offers multiple pathways to learning, using hypertext/hypermedia as a constructivist learning tool. Carefully designed materials presented online can assist individuals’ construction of knowledge by providing alternative pathways to information and making that information easily accessible from any location that has system facilities” (How does Technology Facilitate Constructivist Learning).
The study below provides insight on how teachers examined themselves team teaching with others. It goes on to reveal how the teachers learned and discovered the benefits of collaborative work.
Here are some responses from teachers after working collaboratively together; ““I mean it took so much time…but then we became much more at ease with the process and I think also much more comfortable with each other and we began to collaborate in a much more fluid way” and “the presence of another pushed us to go deeper, emphasizes the opportunity for reflective practice through the process of collaborative teaching” (Lester & Evans, 2009). http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ869322.pdf
Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education
Lester, J. N., & Evans, K. R. (2009). Instructors' Experiences of Collaboratively Teaching: Building Something Bigger. International Journal Of Teaching And Learning In Higher Education, 20(3), 373-382.
Lomas, C., Burke, M. & Page, C.L. (2008). Collaborative Tools. Retrieved from: net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli3020.pdf
Rheingold, H. (2008, February). Howard Rheingold on collaboration [Video file]. Retrieved from:
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